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Can Emotional Intelligence Help Predict Your Job Success?

Posted on 17/12/2013 by David Petrik

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Imagine that the office you work at is filled with smart colleagues. If everyone around you are bright then what is it that makes you stand out of the crowd? It could be your emotional intelligence that helps you stand out.

First off, what is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence or EQ is the ability to perceive, control or evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Large companies have introduced factoring EQ into their hiring process for salespeople. Those who were recruited for their high EQ outsold their peers by over $90,000. On top of that, the high-EQ employees had 63% less turnover than the typically selected sales folk. As this and other studies show, emotional intelligence predicts success for people and the companies they work for.

Although EQ is proven to increase with age, you can take on the task of raising it yourself by being “mindful of your mindfulness”, in other words, being more agile with your emotions or being coached.

The psychologist behind the term emotional intelligence is, Daniel Goleman, who recently spoke to the Huffington Post about the different type of characteristics involved with EQ. Here are some points to judge yourself and to see if you have a high EQ.

 

  • YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW

When you meet someone for the first time to you ask a lot of questions and are you genuinely interested to find out the answers? If this is the case, then you have a high degree of empathy which is a main component to EQ.

  • YOU’RE A STRONG LEADER

According to Goleman, exceptional leaders have one thing in common. Besides the common traits of: talent, work ethic, and ambition, strong leaders also share EQ. When comparing poor leaders to strong leader it was found that nearly 90% of the difference was due to the lack of EQ rather than overall ability.

  • YOU KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

A large factor in rating your own EQ is being aware and honest about where you excel and where you struggle and the ability to accept these points.

  • YOU CAN GET ALONG WITH MOST PEOPLE

“Having fulfilling, effective relationships — that’s a sign [of emotional intelligence],” says Goleman.

  • YOUR GOOD AT READING PEOPLE’S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

People who have a high EQ will be able to read people’s facial expressions, you can test this by taking this quiz from UC Berkeley <– Click here to take the test!

  • YOU KNOW WHEN TO SAY ‘NO’

One of the main components to EQ is regulation and people with high EQ know when to say ‘NO’!

Source: Fast CompanyHuffington PostWikipediaUC Berkeley